We have three suites of state of the art computers and there are many other computers around the School. Girls above Junior House can use our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) system to connect their devices which range from iPads to MacBooks. Boarding Houses are wired and wireless is available. Junior House has its own arrangements to keep a tighter reign on ‘screeen time'. The suites are on open access and the girls are encouraged to use computers in all their subjects and for a wide range of applications. Our courses and options all help give the girls the skills and understanding they need for the future where systems are always emerging and changing.
We are building links with many businesses who offer internships or work experience. There are lectures planned with a computing theme and also visits to places such as the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory and we have plans for a more adventurous trip to Silicon Valley in San Franscisco.
UIII - UIV (Year 7-9)
Computing is compulsory and is taught in a double lesson once a week. We teach the girls to be responsible digital citizens and how to use current and emerging technology in a safe and responsible manner. Computational thinking is a useful skill that they can apply to many problems outside the subject. We study the history of computers and the Bletchley Park story, which we visit in the LIV. The girls learn how to use social media and mobile phones (and watches) safely and responsibly.
There are a variety of tools used to teach programming and coding from Scratch to Python. We use robots, the Raspberry Pi and Arduinos at various stages of the course and the girls will learn about the associated theory such as binary, logic gates and hardware. HTML and CSS are taught as well as good App design.
Our active Tech Club meets on a weekly basis and covers many interesting areas of computing including code-breaking, minecraft, electronics, and digital-imaging.
This is an optional GCSE course.
A Level Computing
This A level Computer Science qualifications will inspire and challenge students to apply the knowledge they gain with creative and technical skills. In the LVI the girls will study computing principles, algorithms and problem solving. Computational thinking and programming features as a core thread throughout the course.
In the UVI, the girls study computer systems, more in-depth algorithms and programming culminating in a programming project.
Year 13 (European Computer Driving Licence)
ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) is the international standard in end use computer skills. The ECDL syllabus consists of seven modules which define the skills and competencies necessary to be a proficient user of a computer and common computer applications. Completion of ECDL certification is an objective measure of ICT skills and demonstrates an individual's competency to existing and potential employers. Individuals who complete the certification can gain confidence and motivation through their ability to understand and use technology productively. We use a mixture of teaching methods, including some online training, and all the testing is done electronically.